“Will the Lord reject forever? Will He never show His favor again? Has His unfailing love vanished forever? Has His promise failed for all time? Has God forgotten to be merciful? Has He in anger withheld His compassion?”
Then I thought, “To this I will appeal: the years of the right hand of the Most High.” I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember Your miracles of long ago. I will meditate on all Your works and consider all Your mighty deeds.
Your ways, O God, are holy. What god is so great as our God? You are the God who performs miracles; You display Your power among the peoples. With Your mighty arm You redeemed Your people, the descendants of Jacob and Joseph.
Psalm 77:7 – 15 NIV
I admit it – sometimes I feel very frustrated with my children. I wonder why they act they way they do. I wonder if they will ever listen the first time I ask. I wonder if we are even speaking the same language. I wonder what I’m doing wrong as their mother.
As I pondered the verses in Psalm 77 this week, I could see some correlations between my thoughts and the thoughts and feelings expressed by the psalmist, Asaph.
Why is God doing this? Why does it seem like God is not listening?
So what does the psalmist do when he doesn’t understand and can’t explain his current problematic situation? He remembers. He recalls. He mediates on what the Lord has done.
I find myself doing a similar thing with my children too. When I’ve had an especially difficult day with the kids and I wonder if it will ever change, one my favorite things to do is to go in their bedrooms and watch them sleep. To stare at their innocent face and marvel at their beauty. To remember them as babies and realize how fast the time has gone by. To realize that my time with them is so limited. And to vow once again to be more patient and as they grow and mature, even if I can’t make sense of it all.
Basically, count my blessings. Remember what the Lord has given me and treasure it. When I count my blessings, I focus on what God has done and all that He has poured into my life. I focus on the positive and not the negative of the current situation.
When my life doesn’t seem to make sense and I wonder why things happen, and start to focus on the negative, help me to keep counting my blessings and recall how abundantly You have blessed and led me in the past and will continue to do so in the future.